Volunteer Profile: Tom Hayden

April 19th, 2012

Tom Hayden

Tom Hayden has been volunteering on the inpatient units at Children’s-Minneapolis since 2009.  His warm smile, positive energy, and good humor are always great to see on Thursday mornings!  Here is a bit about Tom, in his own words:

“I was born and raised on a farm six miles east of LeSueur, the second of eleven children.  After high school, I spent two years in the Navy on the East Coast.  After the service, I received my first job at an advertising agency, where I met my wife, Kathy.  We just celebrated our 51st wedding anniversary, and have two children, Kevin & Mika.  I find great enjoyment in our six grandchildren’s sports activities, band & choir concerts, plays, etc.  Since Kathy and I were restricted from working at the same firm, I moved to Northwestern National Bank of Minneapolis.  After 21 years, I started a new career at Allison-Williams Company, sold tax-free municipal bonds to individuals and institutions for ten years, then moved to Smith-Barney and worked as a broker for 19 years. My goal was to work for 50 years in downtown Minneapolis:  I did 49!  After my stroke on October 15th, 2007, I decided to retire on May 1, 2008.  

After retirement, I decided to apply to volunteer at Children’s Hospital.  I always worked toward goals in my career, and am continuing to do so as a volunteer.  I have 365 hours as a volunteer here thus far; my current goal is 400 hours by the end of 2012.  My next goal will be 500 hours, to be completed in 2013.

I enjoy being a volunteer:  the interaction with nursing staff, helping children, and allowing families to have a break.  I feel privileged to work with the staff in the volunteer office.  It’s a special honor to volunteer.”

Thank you, Tom, for your wonderful volunteer work here at Children’s!  WE are honored to have you on our team!

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